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Leading horse racing organizations partner with UK to support research efforts to improve surface safety

By Holly Wiemers  University of Kentucky While 2020 has largely seen tracks closed for in-person fans, horse racing has continued. So have the sustained efforts of a group of tracks and industry organizations that formed a partnership early in the year to collectively support the surface safety research efforts at the University of Kentucky.  Churchill Downs, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Keeneland,...

Cox to co-chair blue-ribbon nominating committee formed to select HISA Authority board members

Supporters of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) have announced the formation of a blue-ribbon nominating committee that will be responsible for selecting members of the board of directors of the HISA Authority as well as members of its two standing committees: Anti-doping and Medication Control, and Racetrack Safety. Nancy Cox, vice president for land-grant engagement and dean of the...

UK’s Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits inks partnership with Scotch Whisky Research Institute

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky’s James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits recently announced a partnership with the Scotch Whisky Research Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland. The partnership will enhance stability in the spirits industry worldwide and allow the institutions to study distilled spirits together. “This is a great opportunity to carry our efforts...

UK celebrates land-grant heritage and mission; recognizes outstanding researchers in ceremony

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment celebrated its land-grant heritage and mission and recognized some of its outstanding researchers during a recent ceremony. Dr. Scott Hutchins, deputy under secretary for research, education and economics with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was the event’s keynote speaker. An entomologist,...

KDA establishes annual scholars fund with UK distillation, wine and brewing studies program

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The Kentucky Distillers’ Association is establishing a scholars program to fund scholarships aimed at increasing diversity in the distilled spirits industry. The KDA UK Scholars Program Fund will annually support full tuition for up to four students in the University of Kentucky’s distillation, wine and brewing studies program. “As there are too few diverse...

UK’s Heart-2-Heart campaign expands to agriculture to thank Kentucky farmers for tireless work

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky They go to work bright and early every morning regardless of the day of the week or the weather conditions to help ensure Americans have the safest, freshest food supply in the world. To thank them for their tireless work, the University of Kentucky is expanding its Heart-2-Heart campaign to the state’s farmers. “Farmers are critical to Kentucky’s economy...

Independent Stave Company, Boswell family give $1 million for spirits maturation warehouse at UK

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Independent Stave Company and the Boswell Family are giving $1 million to the University of Kentucky to further spirits research at the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits. The gift will fund a maturation facility that will allow the Beam Institute to experiment with barrel aging spirits produced in its research distillery. “The creation of the James...

UK celebrates 28 years of partnership with Lloyd’s of London in support of horse industry

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Lloyd’s of London and the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have celebrated a 28-year partnership in support of the horse industry. Representatives of Lloyd’s recently presented a $50,000 check to UK for continued funding of the international publication, the Equine Disease Quarterly. “Lloyd’s is very pleased to have...

UK College of Ag celebrates renovation of historic home, formation of Beam Institute of Ky. Spirits

By Laura Skillman University of Kentucky University of Kentucky officials gathered beside the historic Cooper House last week to celebrate its rebirth as the new front door for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. UK officials also recognized the establishment of the previously announced James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits, which will lay the educational foundation for the future...

More than a pretty face, UK study demonstrates agriculture’s impact on Woodford County’s economy

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Very few would dispute the beauty of Kentucky farmland in the lushness of spring. But a study by the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky shows that agriculture is more than just a pretty face. In Woodford County, agriculture and the businesses that support it are responsible for one out of three jobs and $565...

Retired veterinarian, alumnus Pirri donates $6.8 million gift to benefit UK Ag Equine Program

By Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward John Pirri Jr., a retired veterinarian and alumnus from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has pledged a gift totaling more than $6.8 million for the immediate and long-term facility needs for UK Ag Equine Programs’ undergraduate efforts. Pirri graduated from UK in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and again...

Former Maine professor Peterson taking over as director of UK Ag Equine Program

By Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward Mick Peterson has been named director of the University of Kentucky’s Ag Equine Programs, the multidisciplinary program that serves as a gateway to all equine activities in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Dickson Professor of Equine Science and Management. He will start January 2017. In addition to leading UK Ag Equine Programs, Peterson...

Campbellsville University Women’s Alliance Brunch to feature Taylor native, WLEX anchor Nancy Cox

Nancy Cox, a Taylor County native who is an Emmy winning news anchor for WLEX 18 News in Lexington, will be the guest speaker at Campbellsville University’s Women’s Alliance Brunch Saturday, Sept. 24. The brunch is at 10 a.m. in the Office of Broadcast Services, 203 W. Broadway, Campbellsville. Cox will speak on her experiences in broadcasting. Also speaking will be Breanne Ward, a communications...

Spicy Fat Cat: New smoked beef sausage from UKAg Butcher Shop to debut at Rupp Arena

By Laura Skillman Special to KyForward   The Spicy Fat Cat, a new smoked beef sausage developed by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, will make its Rupp Arena debut Oct. 27 during the UK men’s basketball team’s Blue-White scrimmage.   The Spicy Fat Cat is a skinless, 100-percent-beef smoked sausage infused with pepper jack cheese, said Gregg Rentfrow,...

Because ‘Woodford County has so much
to offer,’ new advocacy group springs to life

Staff report   A group of Woodford County citizens and business owners have formed an advocacy organization to promote the link between quality of life and economic development in the county.   Billy Van Pelt, who has long been engaged in advocacy for quality land management, will serve as CEO of the group.   Woodford Forward is a nonprofit social welfare organization. Its mission:   By...

UK’s Nancy Cox talks about the importance, future of equine education in Bluegrass

By Natalie Voss The Paulick Report   Nancy Cox is the new dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, replacing former dean Scott Smith. Cox, previously the associate dean of research in the college, was the founding administrator of the university’s equine studies department, which works closely with the Thoroughbred industry in Lexington. She holds...

UK's Nancy Cox talks about the importance, future of equine education in Bluegrass

By Natalie Voss The Paulick Report   Nancy Cox is the new dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, replacing former dean Scott Smith. Cox, previously the associate dean of research in the college, was the founding administrator of the university’s equine studies department, which works closely with the Thoroughbred industry in Lexington. She holds...

UK College of Agriculture, Food, Environment taps Nancy Cox to replace Dean Scott Smith

Citing a compelling vision for the future of the college and a national reputation for leadership, University of Kentucky Provost Christine Riordan Tuesday announced that Nancy Cox has accepted the position as dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.   The appointment is subject to approval by the UK Board of Trustees at its December meeting.   Dr. Nancy Cox Cox will...

Long-awaited Kentucky Equine Survey shows industry has a $3 billion economic impact

The comprehensive study surveyed all breeds of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. (Photo from UK Ag Equine Programs)   By Holly Wiemers Special to KyForward   Kentucky’s equine industry had a total economic impact of almost $3 billion and generated 40,665 jobs last year, according to the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey. The tax contribution of the equine industry to Kentucky was approximately...

Hospice of the Bluegrass chaplains honored at annual chaplains conference in Orlando

Hospice of the Bluegrass Chaplains Diane Munoz, Alice Tremaine, Nancy Cox and Lynda Woodard attained the distinction of board certified chaplain and were honored at the Association of Professional Chaplains’ Grand Banquet in Orlando, Fla.   The APC Grand Banquet was held during the APC 2013 Annual Conference in Orlando on June 29. This year’s event celebrated the achievements of over...